Gulf/South Atlantic spiny lobster
Florida fleet sets traps with its eyes on gushing oil, weather and tourists
Keeping one eye on the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the west, fishermen in south Florida and the Florida Keys prepared to set their traps Aug. 6. They're hoping the money they made during the last two weeks of March, at the end of last season's spiny lobster harvest, will prove a better indicator of this season's opening price than the dismal $3 a pound that prevailed for much of 2009-10.
Cover Story Excerpt: Some call it opportunity
Louisiana's cleanup fleet has grown with spill
By John DeSantis
In the beginning there were 12 boats, and shortly thereafter 25.
An armada of shrimping vessels, 60- and 70-foot double riggers, their future uncertain, set out to perform tasks they and their captains had never dreamed of doing.
Repower saves big on fuel bill; Fairhaven's first steel scalloper
At the end of this winter, Finestkind Boatyard in Harpswell, Maine, completed a repowering job for local lobsterman Robert Graves. Graves' Holland 38-foot was built in 1986 with a 550-hp Detroit Diesel 6V-92. This is the type of fuel-guzzling, oil-leaking, and air-polluting iron that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was looking to replace with its Maine Clean Marine Engine Initiative.
Callifornia crabbing: Here's a fun video shot on the decks of the Majestik while catching Dungeness crab off the coast of northern California.
Alaska fisherman and commercial fisheries activist Kevin Adams was elected chairman at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors meeting on May 9 in Anchorage.
The governor-appointed board consists of seven members: five seafood processors and two industry representatives actively engaged in commercial fishing. Adams was appointed to fill a harvester seat by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004.
With 38 years of fishing experience in Bristol Bay, Adams has long been an active member in the Alaska fishing industry, ASMI says. He has worked for both the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the Bering Sea Fisherman's Association, and represents Alaska fishermen on numerous boards.
The Northeast Regional Planning Body, a group of state, tribal and federal representatives from New England who are working to implement the National Ocean Policy and address critical New England ocean issues, is holding a series of public meetings in May and June.
The meetings are being held to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals and associated potential actions. The planning body seeks input on these goals and actions. Additional information on the group's progress can be found here.
The meetings will also provide an opportunity to review draft maps and products from initial efforts to gather information on the natural resources and diverse uses of the ocean, including fishing, transportation, energy and infrastructure, aquaculture, and recreation.